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Title:How does the market use citation data? The Hirsch Index in Economics PDF Logo
Authors:Ellison, Glenn
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Econics of Education 3188
Abstract:A large literature following Hirsch (2005) has proposed citation-based indexes that could be used to rank academics. This paper examines how well several such indexes match labor market outcomes using data on the citation records of young tenured economists at 25 U.S. departments. Variants of Hirsch's index that emphasize smaller numbers of highly-cited papers perform better than Hirsch's original index and have substantial power to explain which economists are tenured at which departments. Adjustment factors for differences across fields and years of experience are presented.
Subjects:Hirsch index
citation data
economics profession
JEL:A14
I23
O30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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